On Wisconsin, Lucky Number 7: Daniel Khalastchi

by on Mar.28, 2011

Do not ask, for whom does this glare toll? It tolls for thee.

Hell no, we ain’t done with it, and neither is Daniel Khalastchi. Here is his poem in which the events in Wisconsin perform a kind or erasure/eat thru on an (off-topic) article by Nicholas Delbanco in the Writer’s Chronicle.

Of writing the poem, Khalastchi notes, “I typically stray away from writing overtly politically charged poems–but I’ve learned with this poem (as we all do?) that there are somethings, no matter how hard we try, our bodies simply won’t allow us to tune out.”

Collective Security:

In reading is the historical. See one
and equally strange these imagined

futures when each not call they
find a phone. I’m struck in the

forecast. In these pregnant does
get pregnant, a medical conscious

anachronism. The mouth has
become but wasn’t intended to

remain pertinent. Today surfaced
again price of oil and boycotts

collapse, the trouble with
America. Alas, the ring of

truth—oppositions have dulled and
lost their ideals. Particularly

here. Preserve what went before: I
never really saw my heroine. True

enough. Of the time and place she
was kind of revolutionary. I

should have been this specific
family. National case accident—

seventy-six years, any rate granted,
possibly more than the back, the

civil, the emergence at odds.

Born and raised in Iowa, Daniel Khalastchi is a first-generation Iraqi Jewish American. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University. His first collection of poetry, Manoleria (2011), was awarded the Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First Book Prize, and his poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Kenyon Review, jubilat, MAKE, and Denver Quarterly. He lives in Milwaukee where he is also the co-editor of Rescue Press.

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